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Project REAP Celebrates 2024 Spring Academy Graduation of a Cohort of 152, MURAL Real Estate Partners’ Founder and CEO Robin Zeigler is Commencement Speaker

“The reason why this is so important and impactful… is because our industry needs you, it needs every one of you,” said Robin Zeigler, Founder and CEO of MURAL Real Estate Partners headquartered in NYC, while addressing the 152 fellows from the 2024 cohort of the Project REAP (Real Estate Associate Program) Spring Academy at the June 10 graduation ceremony. The nonprofit organization has been a leader in diversifying the talent pipeline in commercial real estate (CRE) for over 25 years. Zeigler, the Commencement Speaker and a longtime supporter of…

City of Atlanta Honors Businessman, Philanthropist Mack Wilbourn

On Monday, June 17, 2024, the City of Atlanta presented Mack Wilbourn with a proclamation for his contribution to the city’s economy and for his philanthropic work. Mack Wilbourn is owner and President of Mack II, Inc., a quick service restaurant management company since 1971. His current franchises include Atlanta Bread & Bar, Baja Fresh Mexican, Famiglia Pizza, Phillip’s Seafood, Popeyes and We Juice It, all located in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Wilbourn is also the managing partner of MWJ, LLC, an Atlanta-based vending company. He has managed the…

ABL 17th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta – April 11, 2024

ABL 17th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta “Driving Economic Equity: Shaping the Future” Featuring Congress Chair: Al Edwards, President and CEO of CERM and Congress Honorary Chair: The Honorable Michael Thurmond, CEO of DeKalb County, Georgia What Topics will the Congress Explore? Black Business and Community Development Real Estate Development and Housing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) A Look Into Infrastructure WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2024 8 am – 3 pm WHERE: DeKalb Conference Center 495 North Indian Creek Drive Clarkston, Georgia 30021-2359 For…

Big Bethel AME Church Hosts Morris Brown College (MBC) Day on Sunday, March 17, 2024

By M. Paulyne Morgan White The historic Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church will celebrate the Annual Morris Brown College (MBC) Day Service on Sunday, March 17, 2024 during the 10:00 am worship service, in the sanctuary where the college was founded in 1881. The highly anticipated celebration will conclude the 2024 Morris Brown College’s National Alumni Founders Day Celebration held in Atlanta, Georgia. The women serve as honorary chairpersons and receive the prestigious Women’s Day Award. They include the Honorable Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Atlanta Mayor; the Honorable…

Black History Month: Looking at the Past, Acting on the Present, Building for the Future

By Nicole Slay Caldwell, Atlanta president of The NETwork As we commemorate Black History Month, it is important to reflect not only on the struggles and triumphs of the past but also to address the challenges of the present. By taking action to improve our present, Black History Month offers an opportunity to continue to inspire our community to work towards a brighter future for the next generation. As I contemplate the path forward, three impactful considerations come to mind as vital guideposts for our collective journey. Supporting the young…

Community Activist, Servant Leader Cecilia Houston-Torrence Honored at Atlanta City Hall

Longtime Atlanta citizen and community activist Cecilia Houston-Torrence was honored by the Atlanta City Council on Monday, September 18, 2023. She was commended for her outstanding community service to Atlanta and to several non-profit organizations. A little-known fact about Houston-Torrence is that, as pointed out by her close friend Susan “Sue” Ross, at a very young age, Houston-Torrence and her sisters integrated Christ the King Elementary School in Daphne, Alabama in 1965. Perhaps her activism began then as a natural born “mover and shaker.” She was also the first African-American…

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